are many other conditions for which Acupuncture is beneficial. Recently
there have been articles in JAMA, and the Annals of Internal Medicine,
both main stream medical journals, about the efficacy of acupuncture
in chronic back pain and osteoarthritis. Research is yielding scientific
information as to the mechanism of action of acupuncture as well
as identifying new applications in problems ranging from arthritis
and cancer to stroke rehabilitation.
Recently acupuncture is reported to be surprisingly effective in
There are examples of many other patients,
with problems for which there are no known therapy, who improved
with acupuncture. These included:
• A patient with long standing
tinnitus (humming noise in the ears) of 20 years duration has
• A lady with balancing
problem secondary to stroke gets significant relief from acupuncture.
• A lady with swallowing
difficulty, underwent exhaustive investigations and was seen by
multiple specialists, the conclusion was that she was probably
suffering from an obscure neuromuscular dysfunction, she was given
a poor prognosis and failed to respond to the conventional therapy.
After five acupuncture treatments her problem has completely resolved
and she has remained symptom free for months.
• A lady with weight loss
and persistent diarrhea also underwent complete investigations
but no diagnosis was established by the gastroenterologists for
2 years, responded to 4 acupuncture treatment, and no longer has
any of the symptoms for more than 2 years.
• A lady came to me for
urinary retention. She had been catheterizing 2-3 times daily
for 4 years. She had prior urological consultation and investigation,
and was on Bethanecol without any benefit. She was sent for another
consultation. The urologist agreed with the opinion of the previous
urologists and felt that she was treated appropriately. She was
asked to continue daily catheterization (2-3 times/day). She was
having pain and swelling of the urethral region from repeated
catheterization. She responded to the first acupuncture treatment,
and has been able to void without catheterization since then.
She was given a total of 4 acupuncture treatments.
• A patient with Parkinsonism
comes regularly because she feels better symptomatically.
• A patient with history
of pain in the knee, of uncertain etiology, for 40 years was cured.